Violent Protest Erupts In Lancaster, PA After Police-Involved Shooting Of Man Charing At Officer With A Knife

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Sunday in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, protesters took to the streets after police fatally shot a man who authorities said was captured on bodycam video “brandishing a knife over his head” in a threatening manner. Lancaster city police responded to a home in the 300 block of Laurel Street about 4:15 p.m. for a reported domestic disturbance call.

Lancaster District Attorney’s Office released a statement on Sunday night that said the 27-year-old who was shot dead, Ricardo Munoz, was armed with a knife and pronounced dead at the scene Sunday evening. Munoz, reportedly had a history of stabbing four people including a teenager.

The police body cam showed Ricardo Munoz emerge from a house and brandish a large knife in a threatening manner. Munoz was brought down by what appeared as defensive gunfire by the police officer.

Fox News reported, hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Lancaster following the shooting. The crowd formed outside the police station, where the department stated multiple buildings and government vehicles were damaged by demonstrators. Videos emerged from the scene showing protesters apparently slamming on the building’s front door.

Police eventually deployed tear gas on a crowd of people protesting early Monday. Police said protesters “failed to follow the instructions.” Police said protesters threw glass bottles, gallon jugs filled with liquid and parts of plastic road barricades at officers, per Fox News. 

The acts committed overnight were not peaceful acts of protest; the behavior was violent and riotous. Numerous buildings and vehicles were damaged, fires were set – all without regard for the owners and individuals who could have been physically harmed by the riotous actions, according to Lancaster District Attorney’s Office. Video Below

Officers made a total of (8) arrests related to the arson/riot outside of the Police station. The arrests were made at approximately 0300 hrs. and shortly thereafter. All suspects arrested were transported to the Lancaster Bureau of Police station for processing and to be held for arraignment. (4) of the (8) suspects are from outside of Lancaster County. (2) of the suspects were armed with handguns during the protest and riot. Those handguns were recovered by Officers after the arrests, according to the Lancaster DA office.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday:

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The Lancaster Patriot newspaper captured video:

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